Where to Learn the Blockchain Technology and the Basics of Cryptocurrencies?

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A lot of professions, which today are considered ordinary, some 10-20 years ago, did not exist at all. For example, video blogger, brand manager, manager of crowdfunding platforms, UX-designer, content manager, etc. There has been no need for all these workers relatively recent, but today all of them can earn impressive fees.

Let’s talk about the professional branch of the future, which is only now emerging, and in the coming years will become one of the most demanded in the labor market – the blockchain technology. How to succeed in this industry?

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  1. Why is blockchain technology a future?
  2. List of places where you can get education in this area
  3. Conclusion

1. Why is blockchain technology a future?

The topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology, in general, is quite debatable now. This industry shows impressive growth dynamics. This is not surprising, because this technology “promises” in the future to make a revolution in virtually all industries known to man. The sphere of finance and cryptocurrency is just the tip of a huge iceberg. With the help of this technology, it is possible to significantly improve the efficiency of many processes, remove unnecessary intermediaries from the chain of interaction between people and, accordingly, significantly reduce costs. It is also possible to protect information, eradicate corruption, remove paperwork and much more.

In the last 3 years, the market has been showing a tendency to increase the demand for good specialists in this field. Not only large companies (like Telegram) can launch their projects, the market also has many startuppers who are able to conduct a fairly successful ICO and create a really high-quality product based on blockchain technology. But so far, the demand for such professionals is significantly higher than supply. For this reason, the world’s leading universities have developed various training programs for blockchain technologies. Let’s take a closer look at this list.

2. List of places where you can get education in this area

Stanford University. USA

Stanford-based professor Dan Boneh, 3 years ago, founded a course on the basics of cryptography and blockchain technology. It is worth noting that Dan does not take fees from his students and distributes this valuable information absolutely free of charge. The first stream was recorded only 100 people, today about 1 million people have enrolled in this course.

In order to be eligible for training, it is not necessary to have even basic knowledge in this field, but for better understanding of information, the professor recommends that you first familiarize yourself with the basics of Python and Unix.

During this course students study:

  • the structure of smart contracts;
  • consensus building systems;
  • the main aspects of crypto conversions.

The University of Nicosia, Cyprus

This is the only place on the planet where you can get a master’s degree in the field of cryptocurrency. Training is divided into two parts:

  • The first is a free online course, which consists of 12 lectures. Here you can get acquainted with the basics of digital currencies. The teaching staff is quite professional; well-known people in the industry, Antonis Polemitis and Andreas Antonopoulos (author of many books, including “Mastering Bitcoin”) are conducting blockchain training.
  • The second one is directly training itself, which immerses students in the jungle of digital currencies. The price of the course is slightly more than 12 thousand euros.

Princeton University, USA

For 11 weeks in Princeton, you can get a basic knowledge of the work principles of the most popular coin – BTC. The course includes 12 lectures in the recording and 11 presentation tables. All this is absolutely free. By the way, the course materials were recorded in 2015, but most of it is relevant to this day.

Duke University, USA

At Duke University, you can sign up for an absolutely free course, which is conducted not only by professors and teachers, but also by gifted and experienced students. Training takes place every Monday. Various events, talks, seminars, etc. are held.

The University of Cumbria, United Kingdom

This university has launched a free online course, in which students are immersed in the subject of future finance. This blockchain course tells how money has changed over the course of its history, how it adjusted to the actual needs of humanity and what it will be in the near future.

3. Conclusion

Cryptocurrencies and the technology of blockchain are no longer a subject for discussion of a handful of geeks. In 2018, the vector of human development is already very clear. The demand for technology is confirmed by the courses in this field organized by the leading educational institutions of the world, as well as by the huge demand for specialists in the labor market. It is not too late to get a profession in the future, which will be relevant for at least 10-20 years.

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LinkedIn Names “Blockchain Developer” the Top Emerging Job of 2018

LinkedIn, a social network for finding business contacts and job opportunities, has published its annual Economic Graph, where it listed top-5 emerging jobs that develop at the quickest pace among the others. It did not come as a surprise for many people that the top-1 emerging job was “blockchain developer”.

The profession of a blockchain specialist has experienced a growth by 33% during 2018. In comparison, the job that occupied the 2nd place, a machine learning engineer, grew by 12%. The rest of the top-5 are: application sales executive, machine learning specialist and professional medical representative.

The cities with the highest demand for blockchain specialists are New York, San Francisco and Atlanta, and the top industries involving such workers are IT and computer software. The salaries absolutely correspond to the popularity of the profession.

We remind you:

Facebook Is Once Again Looking for Blockchain Specialists

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A Major Exchange in UAE Is Going to Cooperate with Ripple

According to the report of the news media Reuters, a large payment company located in the United Arab Emirates, UAE Exchange, is going to collaborate with Ripple Labs and work on the cross-border payments all over Asia. The Asian market occupies a huge share of the world’s annual remittance (around 613 billion), thus, this niche is highly demanded.

The CEO of the Exchange Promoth Manghat is sure that the payment network of Ripple based on the blockchain technology will become a breakthrough on the Asian market, however, the company will proceed slowly going “fully mainstream”.

We expect to go live with Ripple by Q1, 2019 with one or two Asian banks. This is for remittances to start with, from across the globe into Asia,” he said.

We would like to remind you that Ripple Labs has recently been partnering up with multiple major businesses regarding its cross-border payment system.

South Korea Launches Remittance App Using Ripple’s Blockchain Technology For The First Time

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Hyperledger Will Add 16 New Members

The major blockchain project Hyperledger, the technologies and instruments of which are incorporated in multiple other startups all over the world, announced its future cooperation with 16 giant companies.

The list of new members includes:

  • Citi
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Alibaba
  • etc.

The growing Hyperledger community reflects the increasing importance of open source efforts to build enterprise blockchain technologies across industries and markets,” said the CEO of Hyperledger, Brian Behlendorf.

In this way, blockchain will be promoted in the major businesses of the world, which undoubtedly means its growing popularity in almost every sphere of human activity.

We remind you:

Visa Partners with IBM to Implement Cross-Border Blockchain Payments of Hyperledger Fabric Framework

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Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates Will Release a Joint Cryptocurrency

As reported by the local news media, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority is cooperating with the Central Bank of UAE in order to develop their own blockchain, which will be the basis for the joint digital coin. The new currency will be used for cross-border transactions between these two states.

This is probably the first time ever that witnesses the cooperation of monetary authorities from different countries on this topic and we hope that this achievement will foster similar collaboration in our region,” said an Abu Dhabi official.

The cooperation is currently ongoing, no specific dates as to when the development will be finished have not been released so far. The innovations in the financial sector will involve only banks and institutional investors, not the regular customers.

We remind you:

Ripple Technology Will Soon Be Implemented in the Biggest Bank of Saudi Arabia

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South Korea Launches Remittance App Using Ripple’s Blockchain Technology For The First Time

One of the biggest South Korean crypto exchanges, Coinone, has presented a new web service and a remittance app called Cross. It uses RippleNet for providing faster and cheaper payment services for citizens of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of the Philippines.

To release this payment service, Coinone Transfer, a subsidiary of Coinone, utilized Ripple’s blockchain technology, as well as Siam Commercial Bank (Thailand) and Cebuana Lhuillier (Philippines).

Ripple emphasized that Cross does “not rely on traditional banking rails,” i.e. comparing to other remittance options, Cross plays in an absolutely different league.

The press-release also stated that South Korean remittance services had been limited due to high fee for overseas transactions. Cross, by contrast, provides a total transaction fee of 1%. Moreover, it offers “bulletproof security” for customers.

We remind you

SWIFT Created A New Payment System To Protect Blockchain and FinTechs Provided By Ripple, JP Morgan, and Transferwise

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Samsung Galaxy 10 Will Not Have an Inbuilt Crypto Wallet

After the South Korean electronic devices giant Samsung filed three patent applications for crypto and blockchain-related software, the rumours started that the company is planning to incorporate a cold crypto wallet in one of its main upcoming releases – Samsung Galaxy 10.

Samsung’s cryptocurrency service will essentially have two parts. A cold wallet for saving cryptocurrency and a crypto wallet for transfers,” claimed a Samsung news site.

Nevertheless, the official representatives of the company shared in a private talk with the Cointelegraph that the following news were no more than speculation and gossip. Thus, we can now be sure: although, Samsung is actually researching and probably planning to incorporate crypto and blockchain into its products, there will be no crypto wallet in the phone Galaxy 10.

We remind you:

Samsung Created a Blockchain Platform for Banks

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